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  1. Number Of New Cars Sold In UK In May Drops

    June 13, 2019 by Logan Biggs

    If you are a motor trader, unfortunately, yet again we have some bad news to inform you of. The number of new cars registered here in the UK fell in May 2019 when compared with the same month last year.

    In May 2019, 183,724 new cars were sold in the UK yet in May 2018 192,649 new cars were sold. That is a drop of 8,925 and equates to a reduction of 4.6%. .........read more »


  2. Drop In New Car Sales In March

    April 7, 2019 by Logan Biggs

    Unfortunately, there has been more bad news for the motor trade industry with the announcement that there was a fall in the number of new cars registered here in the UK in March 2019 when compared with the same month last year. This will particularly concern motor traders – both those selling new and used cars. .........read more »


  3. August Sees Big Increase In New Car Sales

    September 17, 2018 by Logan Biggs

    Motor traders will be pleased to read that, according to statistics published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), there was a significant increase in the number of new cars registered here in the UK in August 2018 when compared to the same month last year.

    In August this year there were 94,094 new car sales yet in August 2017 there were only 76,433. That is a huge rise of 23.1% and that has got to be good news for the motor trade industry.

    Once again, there has been a drop in the number of new diesel cars registered. In August this year, the figure was 27,986 down from 30,309 in August 2017 – a fall of 7.7%. Market share for diesels dropped from 39.7% to 29.7% between August 2017 and 2018. Conversely, there was a big rise in the number of new petrol fuelled cars with 58,619 being registered in August 2018 compared to 42,156 in August 2017. That is a rise of 39.1%. Market share for petrol cars rose from 55.2% to 62.3% between August 2017 and 2018. There was a very large rise in the number of new AFVs registered in August 2018 by 88.7% to 7,489 up from 3,968 in August 2017. Market share rose from 5.2% to 8% between August 2017 and 2018.

    On a year to date basis to August 2018, there has been a fall of 4.2% in new car sales with 1,571,986 new cars registered compared to 1,640,241 in the 12 months to August 2017. New diesel car sales dropped by 28.7%, new petrol car sales rose by 13.6% and new AFVs sales rose by 27.4%. Market share for new diesel cars dropped from 43.5% to 32,4%, market share for new petrol cars rose from 52.1% to 61.8% and market share for AFVs rose from 4.4% to 5.8%.

    Apparently, AFV sales made up 8% of new car sales in August 2018 with this being a record. It would appear that such vehicles are proving very popular and it will be interesting to see if this continues in the future.

    The top selling new cars in August 2018 were: –

    1. Ford Fiesta 4,552
    2. Volkswagen Golf 4,180
    3. Volkswagen Polo 3,207
    4. Ford Kuga 1,902
    5. BMW 3 Series 1,847

    The top 5 selling new cars on a year to date basis to August 2018 were: –

    1. Ford Fiesta 67,189
    2. Volkswagen Golf 49,692

    3. Nissan Qashqai 34,910 .........read more »


  4. Drop In New Car And Van Sales In June

    July 9, 2018 by Logan Biggs

    According to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the number of new cars and vans registered in the UK in June 2018 dropped when compared with the same month last year. We are sure that motor traders will be disappointed to read this news.

    New Car Registrations

    In June 2017 there were 243,454 new cars registered but in June 2018 numbers had fallen to 234,945. That is a reduction of 3.5% – a sizeable figure.

    It is new diesel car registrations that have seen a huge drop as back in June 2017 103,564 new diesel cars were sold whereas in June 2018 numbers had fallen considerably to 74,361. That is a drop of 28.2% and just goes to show how much uncertainty there is about diesel cars here in the UK. The sale of new petrol cars in June 2017 was 129,169 but in June 2018 this had gone up by 12.3% to 145,035. The sale of new AFVS in June 2017 was 10,721 yet in June of this year the numbers rose by a huge amount to 15,549 – that is an increase of 45.00%.

    On a year to date basis in 2017, the number of new cars registered was 1,401,811 whereas in the same period in 2018 there were 1,313,994 new cars sold. That is a fall of 6.3%. New diesel cars sold dropped by 30.2%, new petrol car sales grew by 11.4% and new AFV sales grew by 24.2% when comparing 2017 with 2018 on a year to date basis.

    The top 5 selling new cars in June 2018 were: –

    1. Ford Fiesta 8,900
    2. Volkswagen Golf 6,873
    3. Vauxhall Corsa 6,076
    4. MINI 5,839
    5. Volkswagen Polo 5,494

    The top 5 selling cars on a year to date basis to June 2018 were: –

    1. Ford Fiesta 56,415

    2. Volkswagen Golf 39,930 .........read more »


  5. New Car Registrations Go Up In April

    May 4, 2018 by Logan Biggs

    It is good to be able to mention some positive news for the motor trade industry that we have not really had much opportunity to do in the last few months. Motor traders in particular will be pleased to read that there has been an increase of 10.4% in the number of new cars registered here in the UK in April 2018 when compared to the same month last year according to data produced by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

    In April 2018 there were 167,911 new cars registered in the UK whereas in April 2017 there were 152,076. There has been a significant fall in the number of new diesel cars registered in those periods with there being 51,377 in April 2018 down from 68,403 in April 2017 – a fall of 24.9%. The reverse was seen with petrol fuelled cars with 107,169 registered in April of this year but only 77,399 in April 2017 – a difference of 38.5%. AFVs saw the biggest rise in percentage terms with 9,365 being registered in April 2018 up from 6,274 in April last year – a huge increase of 49.3%.

    The top 5 selling cars in April 2018 were: –

    1. Ford Fiesta 7,811
    2. Volkswagen Golf 5,482
    3. Nissan Qashqai 4,257
    4. Ford Focus 3,784
    5. Volkswagen Polo 2,995

    Let us hope that in the coming months we continue to see the number of new cars registered rise here in the UK. So many areas of the motor trade industry are affected by the number of new cars registered. For instance, the servicing departments of garages benefit from having to carry out services on motor vehicles as do the parts departments. Unfortunately, the more cars on the road system here in the UK is likely to lead to increased road traffic accidents with such incidents providing extra work for car body repair shops.We will continue to provide updates relating to subjects that may interest people operating within the motor trade industry.


  6. 18 Plate Registrations Drop

    April 8, 2018 by Logan Biggs

    Motor traders, especially those involved in the sale of new cars, will probably not be surprised to read that the number of new cars registered in March 2018 thus having the new 18 plate fell when compared with the same month last year. In fact, unfortunately there was quite a drop.

    According to data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) there were 474,069 new cars registered last month. In March 2017, the figure was 562,337. This means that there has been a fall of 15.7% when comparing the two periods.

    There has been a huge fall in the number of new diesel cars registered. In March 2018 there were 153,594 but in March 2017 there were 244,593. That equates to a fall of 37.2%. The number of new petrol cars registered in March 2018 were 296,349 but in March 2017 the figure was 294,926. That is an increase of 0.5%. In March 2018, there were 24,126 new AFVs registered but in March 2017 there were 22,818 – that is an increase of 5.7%.

    The market share for new diesel cars was 32.4% in March 2018 but in March 2017 it was 43.5%. The market share for new petrol cars in March 2018 was 62.5% whereas in March 2017 it was 52.4%. The market share for new AFVs in March 2018 was 5.7% but in March 2017 it was 4.1%. It is interesting to see the increase in popularity of petrol cars and AFVs at the expense of diesel fuelled cars.

    On a year to date basis to March 2018, the number of new cars registered totalled 718,489 whereas in March 2017 the figure was 820,016. That is a drop of 12.4%. It is diesel fuelled cars that have taken the biggest hit with a drop of 33.3%.

    The top selling new cars in March 2018 were: –

    1. Ford Fiesta 19.272
    2. Volkswagen Golf 13,966
    3. Nissan Qashqai 12,018
    4. Vauxhall Corsa 11,718
    5. Ford Focus 9,403

    Those of you in the motor trade industry will be hoping that we see a turnaround in fortunes for the number of new cars being registered throughout the remainder of 2018 and beyond. With so many people employed in the industry it is important that an improvement is seen as quickly as possible. We will continue to keep our readers up to date with relevant vehicle data figures.


  7. New Car Sales Fall In September

    October 10, 2017 by Logan Biggs

    Motor traders will yet again be disappointed to read that the number of new car registrations in September 2017 dropped. This is the sixth month in a row that this has happened and is a little concerning.

    The data, as always, was published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

    In September 2017 there were 426,170 new cars registered with this being a fall of 9.3% when compared with September of last year when 469,696 new cars were registered. On a year to date basis to September 2017 there were 2,066,411 new cars registered with this being a drop of 3.9% in comparison to the same period to September 2016 when 2,150,495 new cars were registered.

    It is interesting that the number of new diesel cars registered for the month of September 2017 dropped to 170,732 with this being a huge fall of 21.7% in comparison to September 2016 when 217,974 new diesel cars were registered.

    Petrol car registrations saw a small drop of 1.2% in September 2017 in comparison to the same month in 2016. In September of this year there were 232,810 new petrol cars registered and in September 2016 there were 235,670 new petrol cars registered.

    There was a very big increase in new AFVs registered when comparing the month of September 2017 with the same month last year. In September 2017 there were 22,628 new AFVs registered whereas in September 2016 there were 16,052 with this being a rise of 41%. On a year to date basis the number of AFVs to September 2017 was 94,125 with this being a large increase of 34.6% on the same period last year when 69,943 new AFVs were registered.

    Those of you in the motor trade industry will no doubt be hoping that consumer confidence increases and that more people decide to buy a new car. Let us hope that we soon see a reversal of this trend and that the number of new cars registered starts to increase in comparison to the previous year.


  8. Another Drop In New Car Sales

    August 7, 2017 by Logan Biggs

    Unfortunately there has been another fall in the number of new car registrations last month here in the UK with this being the fourth time in a row that this has happened. This is disappointing news and something that motor traders could do without both those that sell new cars and used vehicles.

    Will we see the number of new VW Golf registrations exceed the Ford Focus in the coming months?

    It is interesting to see that the gap between the number of new Ford Focus’s and Volkswagen Golf’s sold in the UK in July 2017 was small

    According to information on the website of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) there was a drop of 9.3% in the number of new car registrations when comparing July 2016 with July 2017. In July last year there were 178,523 new cars registered but in July of this year the figure had dropped to 161,997.

    Both diesel fuelled cars and petrol fuelled cars saw a fall in new registrations with drops of 20.1% and 3.0% respectively. However, Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles (AFVs) saw an increase of 64.9% rising from 5,379 to 8,871 new cars.

    A drop in registrations was seen for private, fleet and business sectors. The biggest fall was in the business sector at 23.8%.

    On a year-to-date basis, there were 1,599,159 new cars registered to July 2016 but in the same period to July of this year that figure had fallen to 1,563,808. That is a drop of 2.2%. Diesel fuelled cars dropped by 11% with cars fuelled by petrol going up by 4.3%. AFVs rose by 31.4% with 67,528 compared to 51.384 new cars being registered.

    In July 2017 the top 5 selling cars were: –

    1. Ford Focus 5,251
    2. Volkswagen Golf 5,236
    3. Nissan Qashqai 4,640
    4. Ford Fiesta 3,372
    5. Volkswagen Polo 3,227

    You will note that the Volkswagen Golf is very close behind the Ford Focus.

    For the year-to-date to July 2017 the top 5 selling cars were: –

    1. Ford Fiesta 62,752
    2. Ford Focus 45,296
    3. Volkswagen Golf 41,939
    4. Nissan Qashqai 38,214
    5. Vauxhall Corsa 36,379

    We are sure that those operating within the motor trade industry will hope that there is a turnaround in performance going forward. We will continue to keep you updated.


  9. June Registrations Of New Cars Falls

    July 6, 2017 by Logan Biggs

    It was disappointing to read that the number of new cars that were registered in June of this year has fallen in comparison to the same month last year. It will be interesting to see if this situation is turned around in the coming months.

    In June 2017 motor traders will be interested to read that the VW Golf was the most popular selling new car in June 2017.

    The VW Golf was the most popular selling new car in June 2017.

    According to data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), the number of new car registrations that took place last month amounted to 243,454 whereas in June 2016 there were 255,766 new car registrations. That is a fall of 4.8%.

    Of those cars, 103,564 were diesel, 129,169 were petrol and 10,721 were Alternative Fuelled Vehicles (AFV) registered in June 2017. In June 2016 there were 121,399 new diesel cars registered so there has been a fall of 14.7% this year with this being a significant reduction. In June 2016 there were 126,056 new petrol cars registered so there has been a rise of 2.5% this year. In June 2016 there were 8,311 new AFVs registered so last month saw a huge increase of 29%.

    New Diesel cars had a market share of 42.5% in June 2017 whereas in June 2016 their market share was 47.5%. New petrol cars had a market share of 53.1% whereas in June 2016 their market share was 49.3%. New AFVs had a market share of 4.4% in June 2017 whereas in June 2016 their market share was 3.2%.

    On a year to date basis to June 2017, 1,401,811 new cars were registered but in the year to date to June 2016 there were 1,420,636 new cars registered. That means there was a fall of 1.3% when comparing the year-to-date figures for 2017 with 2016.

    The top selling new cars for June 2017 were: –

    1. Volkswagen Golf 8,808
    2. Ford Fiesta 8,601
    3. Ford Focus 8,283
    4. Vauxhall Astra 6,977
    5. MINI 6,630

    The top selling new cars for the year-to-date to June 2017 were: –

    1. Ford Fiesta 59,380
    2. Ford Focus 40,045
    3. Volkswagen Golf 36,703
    4. Nissan Qashqai 33,574
    5. Vauxhall Corsa 33,560

    We trust that motor traders find the above information of interest. We will continue to keep our readers updated in this respect.


  10. May Sees Drop In New Car Registrations

    June 7, 2017 by Logan Biggs

    Many motor traders selling new cars here in the UK will have no doubt seen a drop in the number of new cars being registered in May 2017. In fact, the reduction of 8.5% is quite a large fall.

    Motor traders may have noticed that the Volkswagen Polo was a popular seller last month

    The new Volkswagen Polo was a popular seller in May 2017.

    According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), in May 2017 there were 186,265 new cars registered here in the UK whereas back in May 2016 there were 203,585 new car registrations.

    In May 2017 there were 81,489 new diesel cars registered yet back in May last year there were 101,844. This is a huge reduction of 20%. The market share for diesel cars last year was 50% but by May 2017 it had fallen to 43.7%. New petrol cars accounted for 96,518 registrations last month compared to 96,110 in the same month in 2016- that is a small rise of 0.4%. The market share for petrol cars last month was 51.8% up from 47.2% when compared with 12 months previously. There were 8,258 new alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFV) registrations in May 2017 which was a huge increase of 46.7% in comparison to May 2016’s figure of 5,631. AFVs accounted for 4.4% of the market in May 2017 whereas in May last year the figure was 2.8%.

    The year-to-date figures to May 2017 are slightly down when compared with the same period last year. There were 1,158,357 new cars registered in that period to May 2017 with 1,164,870 new cars being registered in that period to May 2016 – a 0.6% fall.

    The top 5 selling cars in May 2017 were: –

    1. Ford Fiesta 7,617
    2. Volkswagen Golf 5,449
    3. Nissan Qashqai 4,970
    4. Ford Focus 4,455
    5. Volkswagen Polo 4,247

    The top 5 selling cars in the year-to-date to May 2017 were: –

    1. Ford Fiesta 50,779
    2. Ford Focus 31,762
    3. Nissan Qashqai 28,471
    4. Volkswagen Golf 27,895
    5. Vauxhall Corsa 27,821

    It will be interesting to see how the sale of new cars goes in June. The year to date to May 2017 figures are only marginally below what they were for the same period last year so perhaps there will be a recovery this month which the motor trade industry will no doubt welcome. We will continue to provide periodic updates about new car registrations in the UK in the future.


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